Capital Region native Ian Anderson takes the mound today as the Atlanta Braves' starting pitcher, when his team takes on the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card round. Anderson, a former Shenendehowa Plainsmen, was the number three overall pick by Atlanta in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Atlanta Braves pitching staff continued to suffer injuries throughout 2020 and it provided Anderson the opportunity  to make his major league debut earlier than most experts anticipated. In his major league debut this past August, Anderson almost threw a no hitter against the Yankees as he pitched five 1/3 innings in a seven inning and allowed just one hit. Anderson finished his 2020 regular season with a 3-2 record, 1.95 ERA, forty one strikeouts and fourteen walks in thirty two and 1/3 innings of work.

Some media outlets locally in Georgia believe Anderson could be the key factor in how far the Braves can advance in this postseason

Tune into 104.5 The Team ESPN at noon today as the former Shenendehowa standout tries to help the Atlanta Braves to a playoff victory. What are your predictions for Anderson's performance? Leave a comment on the FREE 104.5 The Team app below. Then tune into Big Board Sports hosted by Rodger Wyland and Eric Hannmann to hear the guys discuss today's playoff game and hear if your prediction makes the show.

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